Erin-Ijesha Waterfalls (also known as Olumirin waterfalls) is located in Erin-Ijesha. It is a tourist attraction located in Oriade local government area, Osun State, Nigeria. The waterfall was discovered in 1140 AD by one of the daughters of Oduduwa. However, according to the community folklore,”Olumirin waterfall was discovered by hunters in 1140 AD”The fall features seven floors, on top of which the village Abake is located. Before the discovery of the waterfall, according to the community’s folklore, the people of Erin Ijesa were migrants from Ile-Ife after the death of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race.
They were led by a woman by a woman called Yeye Aye Akinla. According the story, before the woman set out on the journey, she consulted the Ifa oracle. The Ifa chief priest told her that she would treck out of Ile- Ife for 17 days and that where she got to on the 17th day of her journey would be a peaceful place for her to settle down with her followers and it happened that way.
After the migrants had settled for years, they were unaware of the waterfall. On a particular day, the hunters set out to hunt and they discovered the waterfall by chance. They ran back and called their leader, Yeye Akinla. They told her they had discovered another god. It took another Ifa consultation to convince them it was not another god, but God’s handiwork. The priest instructed them that they should worship and be holding an annual festival in honour of the deity of the waterfall.
Erin Ijesa, like Arinta Waterfall in Ekiti, is surrounded by tall trees that are perpetually in pursuit of the sun ray and as such grow tall in search of sunlight.
The waterfall is said to have medicinal properties and people come from all over to drink from the waterfall and be healed
Most probably as a result of its easy accessibility, the waterfall is probably the most visited in the country. Every day, weekend or working day, there is always a lot of visitors at the waterfall. The entrance is a case of ‘do not judge a book by its cover’ as it does not in any way project the lovely sight that lies within. It is old and has not been well maintained. There is a step facing the entrance, about 200 meters away. After paying the gate fee, one could then head towards there. It leads to the waterfall. From that point to the waterfall, one has to engage in a little exercise of climbing and descending as one meanders through the enveloping rocks to get to the waterfall. It is hilly, as one meanders and turns towards the left to the fall. From that vantage point, one could also have a bird eye view of the Erin Ijesa community and its environs.